New Rules for Musicnotes.com’s January YouPerform Contest!

Back in October, we launched our very first video performance contest. Dubbing it the “YouPerform” contest, we have been offering you a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Musicnotes.com by performing our free sheet music download of the month. As we had mentioned on the Musicnotes.com YouPerform Contest page and through various comments to our readers, the reason why we’ve focused the content around our free sheet music downloads is because they are Musicnotes Editions.

We based our YouPerform Contest around these Musicnotes Editions for a few reasons. First, we wanted to ensure that no one had to worry about copyright restrictions. Copyright, as it relates to music and sheet music, can be extremely confusing. For example, ABC News recently covered a story about how YouTube, Warner ‘stand to benefit’ from copyright agreement.” For another example, you can read the Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA) website to learn about how copyright affects file sharing and even listening to music. The good news is that all of our Musicnotes Editions are compliant with copyright law.

Secondly, since all of our free sheet music downloads are also Musicnotes Editions, we thought that our free song of the month would be a great place to start.

New Musicnotes.com YouPerform Contest Rules

Over the past few months, we’ve received quite a few comments and suggestions about how we can improve this contest for you. We’re happy to announce new rules for January that we hope will encourage you to get out there and start practicing:

  • More Songs to Choose From: You may now submit a video entry for any song, as long as it is a Musicnotes Edition. We will reach 1,000 different Musicnotes Editions in January. View all Musicnotes Editions on Musicnotes.com. Take a look at this list and watch or search for your song through our site. Be sure to watch for that little, green “note” icon.
  • Free Sheet Music Download Still Qualifies: You can still perform the free sheet music download of the month for the contest. This month’s free download is the song, “Hail to the Chief.”
  • Remember, Your Arrangements are Eligible: Remember, you can tweak the Musicnotes Edition arrangement to fit your playing style or instrument. One of our December contest entrants did just that.

Additionally, one of you had recommended we create two separate categories of contestants, guitarists and pianists. We will keep this in mind, and may open up new contest categories depending on how many entries we receive and how they are performed (guitar/voice/piano/flute, etc.).

Thank you to everyone who participated in our YouPerform contests for 2008! We are excited about 2009!!!

December Video Contest Entries are In!

We have received two Musicnotes YouPerform contest entries for December, performing the Nutcracker Medley our staff had put together in time for this magical season. Watch for public voting to appear sometime next week!

In the meantime, stay “InTune” and we hope you are enjoying these first, few days of 2009!!!

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